Matthew 26 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: The Last days of Jesus Christ #4 Matthew 26:14-16 – The Price of Betrayal
|| Mark 14:10, 11; Luke 22:3-6
MT26:14 It was this time that one of the twelve [apostles], Judas Iscariot, left to approach the chief priests. MT26:15 He asked them, “What will you give me to turn Jesus over to you?” They negotiated with Judas for thirty pieces of silver. [Zechariah 11:12] MT26:16 And so from that moment Judas sought an opportunity to betray Jesus.
 What will you give me to turn Jesus over to you: Or, KNX: what will you pay me for handing him over; MON: what are you ready to give me for betraying him to you. Mark 14:11 adds, “When they heard it, they rejoiced.”
 Negotiated: Or, KJV: covenanted; NOR: agreed on.
 Thirty pieces of silver: The price foretold at Zechariah 11:12. Most interestingly, the price for a slave gored by a bull (Exodus 21:32; compare this to Psalm 22:12). Luke 22:3 adds, “… Satan entered into Judas.”